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Sep 04, 2018, 05:52 AM
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Freewing L-39 Albatros 80mm EDF.

We at Motion RC are very proud to announce the new L-39 from Freewing, coming very soon to and then . This is a bird like many others before it has been tested and developed in a joint and exclusive venture between ourselves and Freewing, and it's amazing to finally be able to let the cat out of the bag on Project 'Hoot' (more on Hoot in a minute). A particular favorite of mine personally and one of the best flying EDF's to come to market, the L-39 is hands down one of the most enjoyable and versatile EDF's to fly out there (check out the flight review shot here in the Netherlands below to see for yourselves).

Project 'Hoot':
Our code name for the L-39 is in honor of life long aviator and model pilot Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson. Robert is one of the most remarkable flyers of our time, having amassed close to 14'000hrs flying time on over 150 types of aircraft, in both a military and civilian capacity and most noticeably as a commander of of the STS-61-C NASA mission to space in 1986, and the first of only four people under the age of 40 to command an STS Orbiter. As for his involvement in Project Hoot, we wanted to recognize his storied career in aviation, not just as a pilot and astronaut but as an educator and someone who has always worked and volunteered in many areas to inspire others to fly. When the opportunity arose to develop a model he's raced at Reno --one of his many feats-- we reached out to him to advise on the project and he graciously lent his expertise and experience with the L-39. It's because of generous and kind people like Hoot that we're so honored to be a part of this hobby, and why we did our best to spotlight his efforts for generations to come by producing a project that bears his name.

The model:
"Sport Jet performance in a Scale Jet package" is our motto for the L-39 and this phrase sums it up perfectly. With the L-39 you get all the flight performance of the Avanti with all the scale detail you can desire from the Freewing range of 80mm EDF's (more even with the 3D printed scale upgrades), it really is the best of both worlds. A huge driving force behind the decision to make the L-39 was to widen the diversity of our product lineup to a worldwide audience like we did with the MiG-21 2.5 years ago by making a non-US bird that can be dressed into hundreds of potential liveries and is GRASS CAPABLE, as we recognize our growing international customer family (now with serving the whole of Europe) often operate on grass.

Combining the sport performance of the Avanti and the fidelity of scale aircraft like the A-4 and MiG-21, Freewing continues the legacy of its excellent performing 80mm EDF jets with its Freewing 80mm L-39C/Z Albatros! Developed originally by Aero Vodochody in the 1960s in what is now the Czech Republic, the Aero L-39 Albatros excelled as a jet trainer platform with its powerful turbofan and overall reliability. The L-39 and its successive variants continues in service throughout the world in militaries as trainers and light attack platforms, and in civil aviation including aerial demo teams and racing.

The Freewing L-39 Albatros is the largest and most capable production PNP L-39 in the world. Optimized for high maneuverability and precision flying, the L-39 truly is a "Sport jet wearing Scale jet clothing". The Standard Version uses a powerful 3530-1850kv brushless motor and 100A ESC to power the 12 blade 80mm EDF. This is the same power system as the popular Freewing 80mm Avanti Sport Jet, so pilots know this is a proven system.

The Freewing L-39 Albatros includes grass capable suspension landing gear, a full coverage nose door, scale wingtip lights, scale tiptank landing lights that activate when the gear is deployed, and easily removable tip tanks, ordnance, belly gun pod, and wings. Only one glue joint is required to complete the model's general assembly. A plastic lined cockpit also resists deformation under sunlight, and optional 3D Printed cockpit detail upgrade parts are also sold separately.

Visit the Official Freewing L-39 Albatros Discussion Thread on for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.

Product Specifications:
Wingspan: 1054mm / 41.5in
Length: 1351mm / 53.2in
Weight: 2200g / 77.60oz (w/o battery)
Power System: 3530-18507kV Brushless Outrunner Motor
Electronic Speed Control: 100A, EC5 Connector
Fan: 80mm 12-Blade EDF

Sport jet performance in a scale jet package
Flies as smooth and rock solid as our popular Avanti S
Grass-ready shock absorbing oleo struts and electric retracts
Plastic-lined canopy to prevent bubbling or "gatoring"
Large cabin for easy access to battery and receiver
New Multi-function control box (MCB-E) for better wire organization

6 Channel radio - select a minimum 6 channel radio from our Radio Collection
6 Channel receiver - select a minimum 6 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
6 Cell 22.2V 4000 mAh or 5000 mAh LiPo Battery with EC5 connector - we recommend the EPR40006PRO
Minimum 6 Cell battery charger - select a minimum 6 Cell battery charger from our Battery Collection

Ladies and gents I can guarantee the L-39 will become a firm favorite in any modellers collection, and it will be your go to EDF I assure you. We have two here in Europe and James and his team have some in the US so look out for more media on this incredible bird whilst we await the arrival of stock in the MotionRC warehouses. And don't forget, as this is the official thread, this will be the place to see exclusive pictures and updates first as we lead up to release so be sure to subscribe to both the thread and our social channels. To start with more pictures will follow later today.

Thank you all, look forward to the comments and discussion.

Official Flight Review:
Freewing L-39 Albatros 80mm EDF Jet - Motion RC - Flight Review (25 min 3 sec)

Official Trailer:
Freewing L-39 Albatros 80mm EDF Jet - Motion RC - Product Trailer (2 min 49 sec)
Last edited by Stuart Warne; Sep 10, 2018 at 02:44 PM.
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Sep 04, 2018, 05:52 AM
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3D Printed parts:

MotionRC is all about choices and with the 3DP upgrade parts the choice is all yours Files will be available to download on the top tab of the listing for free for printing yourselves or alternatively they will be available to purchase under the upgrades tab and should come with a bass white ready for your own finishing paint. Below are examples of the 3DP parts painted by Alpha with just a few hours work. I think you can all see the results talk for themselves:

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Sep 04, 2018, 05:53 AM
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Sep 04, 2018, 06:19 AM
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Oh, man...There goes the piggy bank again!
Great looking model that was waiting for the FW treatment and a nice size too.
Is the flight duration similar to the Avanti-S?
Latest blog entry: SR-71 for 2 x 70mm EDF
Sep 04, 2018, 06:20 AM
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Looks good ! One of my favorite schemes !

Sep 04, 2018, 06:23 AM
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Hey Herb, yes we toyed with a few scheme's but this one really stood out for us and it makes for excellent visibility in the air. I'll post some new pictures in the next 24hrs so keep an eye out.

I know you are a particular fan of the L-39 and I've admired your own EDF's for many years so I'm certain this L-39 will make it to your collect and that you will not be disappointed

Sep 04, 2018, 06:26 AM
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Out of interest what are the "optional 3D Printed cockpit detail upgrade parts are also sold separately." that are going to be available seperatley ..?, details would be appreciated Thanks You.
Sep 04, 2018, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by dennisp_sg
Out of interest what are the "optional 3D Printed cockpit detail upgrade parts are also sold separately." that are going to be available seperatley ..?, details would be appreciated Thanks You.
Pictures and details will be posted soon, first on the hobbysquawk thread.

Sep 04, 2018, 06:33 AM
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Hi Stuart.. Any more info regarding the Deluxe version using the 1875kv fan?? Specs & price would be greatly appreciated..Finally a manufacturer that is making a plastic lined cockpit.. Hooray for no more cockpit Gatoring ..I assume a vid isn't too far away ..
Last edited by HellHathNoFury; Sep 04, 2018 at 06:39 AM.
Sep 04, 2018, 07:24 AM
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And we are lucky enough to be taking a close look at this one, for a review to appear in Model Aviation magazine! A few glamour shots of the new L-39

Sent our EagleTree eLogger with GPS sensor attached up for a flight to record telemetry data. Winds were probably about 5-6 MPH. Upwind passes are 102-106 MPH ... downwind passes are 108-115. Average them out and she is legitimately a triple digit speeds capable model! (click on photo for a larger image)

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Sep 04, 2018, 07:28 AM
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Post #105 in this thread contains some detailed studio shots of the L-39 kit out of the box and of the assembled model on a white studio backdrop.


And here are some deliciously detailed Full Frame static shots of it sitting on the ramp before the maiden flights:

Last edited by Bajora; Sep 05, 2018 at 08:36 PM.
Sep 04, 2018, 07:54 AM
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A nice looking rendition of the L-39. I have a couple in smaller sizes, but this does happen to be a model I can avoid adding to my currently overpopulated hangar...

Also, from the first post. I predict Hoot has 14,000 flying hours, not 1400 flying hours. I am certain Hoot has more that triple my own modest total of 500-ish hours of flying time....
Sep 04, 2018, 07:59 AM
gordon fraser
Hi Stuart. Great release.

Using this thread to contact you.

Ref your European website.

I am not a computer geek, but could you please show both the pound, and the euro price on your web pages under each item. It would save all the messing around changing the currency etc, each time I look at the site.
Also, can We all have a Canberra or a Meteor.
With the Canberra, you could do a B-57 plug in nose too.

Great to have you back again.
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Sep 04, 2018, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by HellHathNoFury
Hi Stuart.. Any more info regarding the Deluxe version using the 1875kv fan?? Specs & price would be greatly appreciated..Finally a manufacturer that is making a plastic lined cockpit.. Hooray for no more cockpit Gatoring ..I assume a vid isn't too far away ..
Yes to all that!!! I will take a deluxe one but its not listed yet
Sep 04, 2018, 09:05 AM
Dont forget the velcro straps
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looks very, very well done.

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